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Independence release “robust” single-skinner, the Tensing

Independence release “robust” single-skinner, the Tensing

  Independence showed off their new single-skinner, the Tensing, at the Kössen testival in Austria at the end of May 2017.   They describe it as a “sturdy” single-skinner for mountain use – ideal for climb-and-fly or hike-and-fly activities, but it can be thermally and soared too. It’s made from the robust Dominico D20 fabric, with sheathed lower lines […]

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Swing announce Arcus RS ‘low B’ paraglider

Swing announce Arcus RS ‘low B’ paraglider

Swing’s new low-EN-B Arcus RS is now certified in the first three of five sizes. The RS signifies the the wing sports Swing’s RAST (Ram Air Section Technology) system. An area at the front of the canopy is partitioned off, and there are valves between the two sections. Swing say it means the leading edge always inflates first, […]

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Karpofly Arrow X-Alps 4 paraglider harness

Karpofly Arrow X-Alps 4 paraglider harness

Czech harness manufacturer Karpofly have announced the fourth generation of their Arrow X-Alps paraglider harness. It is a classic, lightweight no-pod design, that uses Karpofly’s inflatable airbag protector, which is inflated on launch by blowing into a tube, and can be deflated with a valve for packing away. This design is very light (just 344g) and takes […]

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Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Skywalk get ready for the big game

Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Skywalk get ready for the big game

Arne Wehrlin from Skywalk Paragliders talks about their Red Bull X-Alps team for 2017 – plus gives us a look at the new Range X-Alps harness that will hit the market after this year’s race.

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Video: Skyman’s superlight paragliding pod harness

Video: Skyman’s superlight paragliding pod harness

A pod harness weighing just 1kg? Stefan Kurrle from Skyman and Independence shows us their latest creation. Designed for paraglider pilots who want the ultimate in lightweight hike-and-fly vol-biv performance.

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Triple Seven at the Kossen Super Paragliding Testival 2017

Triple Seven at the Kossen Super Paragliding Testival 2017

We caught up with Triple Seven Paragliders’ Matjaz Klemencic to talk about their new wings – and when we are likely to see their CCC glider.

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The Transformer: U-Turn’s new electric paramotor

The Transformer: U-Turn’s new electric paramotor

We’ve been promised that electric is the future of paramotoring for a number of years. U-Turn have now introduced their Transformer motor to the market with a soft release this year. “Cleaner, quite and safer,” they say.

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Video: AirDesign’s Stefan Stiegler on their new Hero (EN D)

Video: AirDesign’s Stefan Stiegler on their new Hero (EN D)

AirDesign’s manager and designer Stephan Steigler talks about the creation of their brand new paraglider, the EN-D Hero. A lightweight performance wing, no detail was too small to consider.

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Video: Sky’s Crux Alpine paragliding harness

Video: Sky’s Crux Alpine paragliding harness

Sky’s latest harness is the Crux – an alpine paragliding harness. Designer Cyprián Koreň​ explains its unique features at the Kössen Paragliding Testival in May 2017.

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Airborne F2-T hang glider for nanotrikes

Airborne F2-T hang glider for nanotrikes

Airborne Australia are selling a version of their Fun 2 hang glider, the F2-T, that can be flown unpowered, or powered by their Nanolight trikes.  The F2-T is a strongly-built version of the Fun 2 entry-level hang glider. It has a bigger keel and stronger-gauge wires, and is generally sold with a V-Lite or T-Lite trike, although it […]

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Triple Seven’s EN-B Knight is ready!

Triple Seven’s EN-B Knight is ready!

Triple Seven have announced that their EN-B Knight is now available, and that it’s, “the nicest wing in the category we have ever flown”.  It’s aimed at “typical EN-B” pilots, and it’s, A classic Triple Seven paraglider, with much more performance than you would expect in its class, with very direct, responsive handling, and buckets of passive […]

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Nirvana introduce powerful Ranger paramotor

Nirvana introduce powerful Ranger paramotor

The Ranger, Nirvana’s latest paramotor, was designed for rangers, conservationists and photographers. It was developed for African bush-pilot and animal conservationist Eugene Cussons, founder of the RAPTOR project. Eugene uses paramotors in his fight against poachers in Africa’s national parks. To best suit its purpose, the Raptor needed a powerful engine, so Nirvana use their NS 230, which was previously only […]

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Skytraxx: FANET to become FANET+

Skytraxx: FANET to become FANET+

Skytraxx instruments with the FANET Flying Ad-hoc NETwork will soon also be able to use the FLARM collision avoidance system. As reported in issue 180, Skytraxx 2.0+ and 3.0 flight instruments use FANET to exchange data with each other (e.g. location) and with ground stations (for weather information). It works at a range of up to 30km […]

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Polini Thor 80 motor updated

Polini Thor 80 motor updated

Polini have updated their smallest paramotor engine, the Thor 80. They say it’s a compact but powerful engine with an excellent power-to-weight ratio. The new version weighs just 11.1kg, and features an advanced, performance-optimising air filter. The Thor 80 has an aluminium cylinder, a displacement of 86cc and a power of 17.2HP for 10,450rpm. Polini say a nickel-siliceous coating on […]

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Apco NRG XC II: PPG wing for slalom and XC

Apco NRG XC II: PPG wing for slalom and XC

Apco say their new NRG XC II is a high-performance PPG wing that excels in both slalom and cross-country. They describe it as small and safe, and ideal for fast cross-countries or nipping around pylons. It features Apco’s ABS® (Automatic Balance System), which gradually pulls down the tip-steering as the trimmers are released or the speedbar pushed, which  cancels out […]

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Dron: new paramotor frame from Airfer

Dron: new paramotor frame from Airfer

Airfer have unveiled their latest paramotor frame. It’s called the Dron, and they say it is a safe and solid 16mm-tube frame, strong enough to use with trikes. Airfer fit the Dron with a Moster 185 Plus, and it comes in a stainless steel version, weighing 25kg, or a titanium version that is 1.5kg lighter. To keep weight […]

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Icaro Kiwi groundhandling wing

Icaro Kiwi groundhandling wing

Icaro’s Kiwi is a 15m² paraglider that’s made for groundhandling.  It’s good for all conditions, the company say, and lthough it’s designed for ground-work, it is airworthy and in fact launches easily, whether in nil-wind or strong  breezes up to 40km/h, responding well to rear-riser steering and correction. They say its uncomplicated design, few lines and […]

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GIN Condor: tandem PPG wing

GIN Condor: tandem PPG wing

GIN’s Condor is their “big lady”, a heavyweight tandem for professional and recreational tandem PPG pilots. It’s made for trikes, and offers an easy take-off and great performance, GIN say, with smooth inflation, good energy retention and a wide speed range allowing for a good margin of safety on take-offs and landings. It is fast and stable at high […]

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GIN Vantage 2: intermediate PPG wing

GIN Vantage 2: intermediate PPG wing

GIN’s new Vantage 2 is a wing for intermediate paramotor pilots, and is also certified for free-flying. The company say the Vantage 2 fulfills all the demands and needs of a performance paramotor wing, at trim speed and with trimmers open and on bar. It is well-balanced in pitch with good roll stability, yet is precise and co-ordinated in the turn, resulting in a smooth and enjoyable […]

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Ozone to launch Z-Alps: lightweight Zeno

Ozone to launch Z-Alps: lightweight Zeno

Ozone have announced that they will be releasing a light version of the EN-D Zeno, the Z-Alps, for summer 2017. The first Z-Alps wings will be supplied to 2017 Red Bull X-Alps competitors – Ozone say that about 12 of the 32 pilots in the race will be flying Ozone, including Pál Takáts (HU), Gaspard Petiot (FR) and Nick Neynens (NZ). […]

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